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Re­gard­ing the Oct. 30 news ar­ti­cle “Trump names na­tional mon­u­ment to black troops”:

Pres­i­dent Trump’s first use of his ex­ec­u­tive pow­ers to es­tab­lish na­tional mon­u­ments was to des­ig­nate 380 acres of park­land in Ken­tucky as a site to honor African Amer­i­cans’ role as sol­diers in the Civil War.

I, like most read­ers, would have liked to have seen such a pos­i­tive and his­toric step to honor th­ese war­riors, who hap­pened to be African Amer­i­cans, cov­ered in more of a fea­ture news ar­ti­cle that could have had greater ex­po­sure for all read­ers, in­clud­ing those who may have lost rel­a­tives dur­ing that very di­vi­sive time in Amer­i­can his­tory.

This ar­ti­cle should have been on Page 1 for all to see and ap­pre­ci­ate.

Such news would be wel­come for all Amer­i­cans, re­gard­less of their po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tion, be they his­to­ri­ans or peo­ple who had rel­a­tives, of any ethic group, who fought in that most his­toric war. Brian S. Jones, Fort Wash­ing­ton

PAUL ZOELLER FOR THE WASH­ING­TON POST

Reen­ac­tors honor the 1863 Civil War bat­tle of Bat­tery Wag­ner on Mor­ris Is­land, S.C.

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